Dubuque Man Pleads Guilty to Child Endangerment

DUBUQE COUNTY, Iowa (KCRG-TV9) -- A Dubuque man has pleaded guilty to seven counts of child endangerment after a social worker discovered seven children were living amid what police say was garbage, rotten food, and feces on their home's floor.

34-year-old Jermaine Watson also pleaded guilty to unlawful possession of a prescription drug, and possession of marijuana. In a plea agreement, prosecutors dropped two additional unlawful possession a prescription drug charges.

Police said Watson is the father of a 4-day-old baby found in his home. His sentencing is set for July 18.

The mother of all seven children, 34-year-old Tiesha Martin, has pleaded not guilty to seven counts of child endangerment. Her trial is set to being June 11.

Court records say on January 2, police and a social worker checking on the children at Martin's residence in the 1700 block of Central Avenue found the squalid conditions. Authorities said the children were sharing one bed in a bedroom.

State workers removed the children and turned them over to a relative of Martin.

Martin and Watson were home when police went inside, according to court documents. Watson admitted smoking marijuana while watching sports in the room next to the children's.

After her arrest, Martin said police lied about the condition of her home. Dubuque police said their account was accurate.